You can quit smoking. Let the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout be your starting point. Smoking is the single most controllable risk factor that contributes to the development of macular degeneration. Every cigarette that is smoked causes damage to one’s vision. Smoking causes vasoconstriction or narrowing of the blood vessels which reduces the blood supply to the eyes. Smoking also creates free radicals which causes cellular damage while decreasing ones levels of antioxidants.
CAN MAKE YOU A WINNER
Many studies have determined that smoking significantly increases the risk of AMD, and some research has shown that the risk is at least double that of non-smokers. Since smoking is an addiction, it is very hard to stop. The information that smoking significantly and irrefutably increases risk of vision loss from AMD should help increase motivation.
Set Your Quit Date for November 16th
Quitting smoking can be hard. But you have so much to win by quitting—lower risk for lung cancer and other diseases such as Macular Degeneration, easier breathing, more energy, and cleaner air. Start thinking of all the ways you can win when you begin a healthier, smoke-free life. The Amsler Grid is a tool for identifying distortion in your visual field from diseases such as Macular Degeneration. It is a convenient eye test that you can use at home to monitor changes in your vision. It helps to detect many problems early, while they may still be treatable. Download the app here.